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Re: Is Elisp really that slow?


From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: Is Elisp really that slow?
Date: Wed, 15 May 2019 18:14:48 +0300

> Date: Wed, 15 May 2019 01:54:12 +0200
> From: Ergus <address@hidden>
> 
> But also there is the fact that we are spending a lot of
> effort/work/manpower in specific use cases and fancy functionalities
> (web browsing, pdf reader, image shower) instead of looking and
> prioritizing the general and basic editor functionalities (faster
> movements commands, default bindings for comment/uncomment, select whole
> line, infrastructure performance).

There's no "we".  Each developer and contributor does what they think
is important/interesting/fun for them.  You can only call for
implementing some important functionality, but have no real
instruments to make that happen, except do it yourself (which might
not be possible due to lack of knowledge/talent/time).  Whether people
will follow your lead is entirely up to them.  Case in point: IDE
features.  We know for a long time we lag in this department, and
there were numerous calls for working on the related features.  The
result is before your eyes.

> AFAIR emacs started (and became popular) cloning the popular
> functionalities in other editors and making them accessible with simple
> macros. 

Actually, Emacs pioneered many features that didn't exist at all in
other editors.



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